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 WPS Season I, Women's Professional Soccer - USA
shelsoccer
Posted: Sep 27 2010, 07:28 AM


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Yes, Hayward is in the Bay Area. Near Oakland, I believe.
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libero
Posted: Sep 27 2010, 08:32 AM


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Hayward is between Oakland and San Jose.

I saw some of the final yesterday as I was flipping channels. The winners Gold Pride have some pretty good players in addition to Marta, as they have Christine Sinclair, Shannon Boxx and Tiffany Millbrett, which are four big names to somebody like me who does not closely follow women's soccer. The stadium was full too (capacity around 5,000) which is some encouraging news amidst the gloom of several clubs folding.

There is a market for women's soccer, it is not a big market but there is a niche out there and I do thnk with proper management this league can survive.
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Yogi
Posted: Nov 3 2010, 06:29 PM


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Gold pride and Washington Freedoms are in financial troubles but there may be a new buyer for Gold Pride who may move the club to Orange County, California:

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=ro-notebook110310

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Posted: Nov 16 2010, 01:10 PM


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No such luck for Gold Pride as they folded,

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news;_ylt=A...afp-fblusawomen

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Women's Professional Soccer will return for a third season in 2011 with at least six teams, fighting off financial woes that had jeopardized the US league, officials announced Tuesday.

One day after a deadline to produce secure funding for a 2011 campaign, the league announced that returning teams in Washington, Boston, Atlanta, New Jersey and Philadelphia will be joined by a new club in the Buffalo area.

Reigning WPS champion FC Gold Pride, based in northern California, will not return while the Chicago Red Stars were given until December 15 to secure funding for possible inclusion as a seventh team for next season.

The league began last year with eight teams but lost St. Louis in mid-season.


Poor Marta, the world's best female player, last year her team in Los Angeles folded, now her new club folds.

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shelsoccer
Posted: Nov 17 2010, 08:12 AM


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Chicago also is on life support. It appears things are stable for now in DC. There will be an expansion team in Western New York.
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Posted: Jan 26 2011, 06:37 AM


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Chicago apparently did not make it and fear for the new club in western New York (Buffalo) as they just aquired Marta.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=a...omenwpsbramarta

The world's best women's player seems to be the kiss of death for WPS franchises!

As for the competing teams in 2011, per the link they will be: Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, suburban New York and Buffalo.

A 6 team league.
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Yogi
Posted: Jan 26 2011, 09:59 PM


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Marta, the black widow of women's soccer in the US. Instead of she mates then she kills, it is she plays then kills your club! laugh.gif

It is too bad as she is a superb player to watch.
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Posted: Oct 27 2011, 05:28 PM


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Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Christine Rampone will all be free agents as their club, South Florida based magicJack, which was formerly the Washington Freedom, has been shut down by the league.

http://sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=a...sa_wps_20111027

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Women's Professional Soccer revoked the franchise rights from the magicJack team on Thursday after a season of bickering with owner Dan Borislow, leaving the US football league at only five clubs.

The team was based in Boca Raton, Florida, and finished 10-8 with two drawn with such US Women's World Cup stars as top scorer Abby Wambach and goalkeeper Hope Solo.

A statement from the league said the board of governors had voted on Tuesday to terminate Borislow's franchise less than a year after he bought the Washington Freedom franchise and helped keep the entire league from folding.

Conflicts over displaying sponsor signs at matches and other expenses led the league to deduct a standings point from the team in May.

In August, Borislow sued the league over what he called a threat to immediately terminate the franchise. A league statement said Borislow was failing to pay bills and tarnishing the league's reputation.

MagicJack beat Boston 3-1 in the first round of the playoffs but lost 2-0 at Philadelphia in the semi-finals. Western New York won the league final 5-4 in a shootout over Philadelphia on August 27 after the teams played a 1-1 draw.
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Posted: Oct 28 2011, 10:36 AM


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They'll be free agents, but the question is whether or not they'll have an option to play in the US.
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Posted: Jan 9 2012, 09:49 AM


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US Soccer did provisionally approve a 5 team WPS for the 2012 season but this league is in deep trouble and look at this, news which could be a potential knockout punch for the league, Marta, Wambach unsure about playing in US league.

FIFA world player of the year candidates Abby Wambach and Marta say they haven’t committed to continue playing in the United States.

Brazil forward Marta praised the five-team Women’s Professional Soccer league, where she has played for three seasons, but says “there are also possibilities” to play in Europe.

Wambach, who led the U.S. to the 2011 Women’s World Cup final, says she and Marta are “both probably deciding what to do.”

Wambach says “the most important thing” is helping the U.S. qualify for the 2012 London Olympics. The 31-year-old also says she must protect against injuries and “be very careful” before signing a team contract.


With the US women's team training practically full time between now and the Olympics this summer (assuming they qualify naturally) then how often would the US players even get to play with their WPS clubs this season?


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Posted: Jan 30 2012, 11:00 AM


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Sadly it looks like the WPS is no more, the 5 team league is taking a "hiatus" this year which sounds to everyone like it is going away for good.
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Posted: Feb 10 2012, 10:18 AM


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http://espn.go.com/espnw/more-sports/75596...-play-2012-wpsl

A few WPS clubs plan on joining the WPSL this summer, a few others plan on playing an exhibition schedule.

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The 2011 WPS champion Western New York Flash and the Boston Breakers will play in a new elite division of the long-standing Women's Premier Soccer League (WPSL). The Chicago Red Stars, who played in WPS in 2009 and '10 and joined the WPSL last season, and FC Indiana will compete on the elite level.

"The new elite league would have no restrictions on the types of players each team could roster; a team could be all professional players or could have a mix of professional and amateur players," a WPSL press release about the deal said.

Players seeking to retain college eligibility, though, are subject to some NCAA restrictions.

New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC also has plans to stay active, announcing a March tour of Japan that will include exhibitions against Japanese club INAC Kobe Leonessa. As of last month, the Kobe club included several members of Japan's World Cup-winning team, including FIFA player of the year Homare Sawa. Sky Blue has not committed to plans for the summer.

The Philadelphia Independence announced plans for camps and a youth program. The Atlanta Beat has not announced their plan for the season.

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Posted: Feb 22 2012, 03:11 PM


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Hope Solo and Sydney LeRoux signed for the Seattle Sounders women's team which plays in the WPSL. Meanwhile Marta has joined a Swedish club, Tyreso.
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Posted: Aug 2 2012, 03:10 PM


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Grant Wahl with an article asking US women's team players, in which foreign league they would like to play.

The winner: a tie between Germany and Sweden with France just behind them. Wahl also has some info on each of the league's players mentioned. With no WPS, this may be what these players have to look forward to in the near future.
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